Excerpt: They say it makes Jack a dull boy, the whole single-sided approach to life. We’ll go one further, though, and say that even being able to switch from fun to serious or from any identity to another, for that matter, isn’t all that impressive. Sure, Batman saves lives, fights crime and delivers justice, and sure, Bruce Wayne is an impressive capitalist and philanthropist; but superheroes can’t be both simultaneously (unless you consider Schrödinger’s Cat a superhero, which...
Excerpt: As a tech-minded individual, you appreciate a solid hands-on experience with any device before you purchase it. You storm your local electronics haunt and play with display models for hours on end before making a decision. We’ve always been the same way (“Mommmmm, I gotta play all the levels on the demo before I can be sure I want it”) and can’t blame you one bit. But you’re still here reading because you want the deets up front from a reliable (thank you) source.
Excerpt: When you’re literally the laughing stock of the tablet world, it’s pretty hard to make a comeback. In fact, most critics didn’t believe we’d see what’s before your eyes now: Surface 2. There’s plenty of reason for people to be such haters, too. The original Surface RT that shipped in October 2012 was a financial bomb at its original price of $500.
Pros: Includes Office 2013; TypeCover 2 keyboard is actually usable.
Cons: Weak app store; keyboard not included; disappointing battery life.
Excerpt: Who has a tablet? That’s right, pretty much everybody. Now, who has a tablet that can run full Photoshop ? Suddenly the show of hands goes way down, limited pretty much to only non-ARM-powered Windows slates. And finally, who has a tablet that can run full Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, multiple web browsers and more all at the same time without slowing to a crawl. Then you’re down to just Intel Core-powered tablets like the Surface Pro 2 .
Conclusion: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
Pros: Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD display. 10-finger touch screen. Improved kickstand and performance. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers and accessories. Truly Windows-compatible.
Cons: Keyboard cover is optional. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs.
Excerpt: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
Summary: Microsoft’s no longer the minnow in the Windows hardware game. With its second-gen Surface Pro 2 it’s crafted a powerful multi-tasking slate that won’t let you down in any situation. It’s not slim, and it’s not cheap: this is a niche device, no doubt, but if you’re after a workhorse that can pull double duty on the sofa, this is seriously worth considering, especially if you’ve got a bigger screen kicking around you can plug it into.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Microsoft's office tablet
15 December 2013
Excerpt: The Surface Pro 2 is best described as a tablet with the performance of an Ultrabook. The follow-up to the first Pro looks very similar to the original, but the hardware has been overhauled. The Pro 2 runs on a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor and comes in a number of different versions.